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St. Peter's Catholic Church
108 E. St. Peter St.
New Iberia, LA 70560

(337) 369-3816

Prayer is Good Medicine

Prayer is Good Medicine

Prayer connects us to God and, through God, to each other. The flow of grace is real! We must pray for those who keep us safe, those who care for the sick and the suffering. Let's show these Health Care Heroes that we are praying for them. Please share this image on social media or display a white ribbon on your mailbox or home so they see it on their drive to and from the front lines. Whether it is an actual ribbon, a printout of a white ribbon, or a social media post, the show of support will be a powerful reminder to pray for them. God bless our Health Care Heroes!

LENT

Lenten Weekday Mass Schedule

  • All public Masses (weekday and weekend) in the Diocese of Lafayette will be suspended until April 13, 2020.
  • St. Peter Church will continue to remain open for private prayer from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Mondays through Saturdays. The side double doors facing the parish rectory are the only doors which will be unlocked. It is important that groups do not gather in order for us to continue allowing the church to remain open. Those entering the church for private prayer must remain six feet apart in order to preserve the mandate for social distancing.

Confession Opportunities

  • Saturdays from 4pm - 5pm in the Parish Hall. A confessional will be set up with 6 ft of space between the priest and penitent.

Fr. Blanda's COVID-19 Pastoral Letter-updated 3/18/2020

Lenten Confession

The Special Lenten Confession opportunity that was scheduled for April 1, 2020 here at St. Peter's has been cancelled.

Safe Environment Class

Please note that you may complete your continuing education on-line at virtus.org.

Holy Father's Intention

March

Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China
may persevere in its faithfulness to
the Gospel and grow in unity. 

My Dear Parishioners,

Very Rev. William Blanda, V. F., Pastor While public Masses and events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the ministries of St. Peter Parish are still active in the community and continue to depend upon your financial support. 

It deeply saddens me that we cannot gather together for the celebration of the Holy Mass.  When I offer the Mass each day privately in the church, I look in the empty pews and imagine the families who normally occupy those empty spaces.  I would like to feel that we are still united since offering of the Holy Mass, even privately,  is the bond of love between the shepherd and his flock. Your intentions are remembered in each Mass that is offered.

It almost shakes me to the core of my priesthood to even have to mention finances in this difficult time. However, as the weeks go on without having a congregation for Mass, our weekly financial income has been deeply affected. I am very grateful to the parishioners who are already taking the initiative to send in their offertory contributions and utilizing our online offertory program. It is helping!

This past weekend our collection was barely 25% of our normal weekly income generated from the sacrificial giving of our parishioners.  The utility bills are still coming in and our employees still need to be paid.  They are the "essential" employees that need to continue to do their work for the parish, especially as we are making day to day adjustments for our pastoral ministry due to this surreal situation caused by the COVID-19 virus. 

It is projected that our parish income which is currently available will only float us in our financial obligations through mid April.  At that point we would have to draw money from savings that has been allocated for the next premium of our Property and Liability Insurance, savings for our Youth Group activities and  the savings that we recently were able to accumulate for maintenance and repair. 

While we navigate these uncertain and unprecedented times, we request your continued financial support either by signing up with our online giving program or by mailing your weekly contributions to St. Peter Parish. The link http://www.stpetersofnewiberia.com/give-online provides an easy way to establish your online sacrificial contribution. Contributions can also me mailed directly to the parish:  

St. Peter Catholic Church
P O Box 12507
New Iberia, LA  70562 

Thank you for your continued support! Each of you and your families are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

Fr. Blanda

St. Peter's Tool Chest

St. Peter Parish Update on Church Opening and Office Closure:

In light of the Governor's "stay at home" order, St. Peter's offices will be closed to the public effective immediately. The essential employees of the parish will have limited hours of work. Phone messages and emails will be checked twice daily. In case of emergency, please leave the information with our answering service who will contact a priest on your behalf.

St. Peter Church will continue to remain open for private prayer from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Mondays through Saturdays. The side double doors facing the parish rectory are the only doors which will be unlocked. It is important that groups do not gather in order for us to continue allowing the church to remain open. Those entering the church for private prayer must remain six feet apart in order to preserve the mandate for social distancing.

Many people have asked about lighting candles in the church. The candle racks are still available for devotional use. You may continue to light a candle for your private intentions.

Masses:

All public Masses (weekday and weekend) in the Diocese of Lafayette will be suspended until April 13, 2020. Therefore, Bishop Deshotel's earlier dispensation from Sunday Masses remains in place. Read the Bishop's letter here.

Schools:

CCD and First Communion registration information for next year will be provided at a later date.

“LUNCH-FASTING BEFORE GOD ON TUESDAYS”

From the GOVERNOR'S OFFICE: “LUNCH-FASTING BEFORE GOD ON TUESDAYS” with Governor John Bel Edwards, Legislators, Members of Congress, Mayors, and other State and Local Officials

Dear Pastors and Faith Leaders:

Earlier this morning the Governor shared with me that he felt your prayers joining with his on Tuesday. He and the First Lady believe in the power of prayer and this is demonstrated by the fact they pray together every morning. Now, more than ever, Louisiana needs its prayer warriors!

Governor Edwards is asking that you join with him and Reverend Dr. Rodney Wood, our State Chaplain, as well as members of the Legislature and Congress, and other leaders in fasting and prayer at lunch on every Tuesday. Please see the words of Reverend Wood below:

“LUNCH-FASTING BEFORE GOD ON TUESDAYS”

With Governor John Bel Edwards, Legislators, Members of Congress, Mayors, and other State and Local Officials

We all know that we are in a great war. In times like these, we are reminded that God, in His infinite mercy, has given us the most potent, spiritual weaponry. If you belong to Christ Jesus our Lord, this weaponry is in your hands. Now is the time to vigorously employ your armaments.

Would you please join Governor Edwards and other state and national government officials as well as religious leaders in “Lunch-Fasting Before God on Tuesdays”? On each Tuesday at noon for the next four weeks (and possibly longer), men, women, and young people throughout Louisiana will be uniting themselves in a fast from their midday meal and in earnest, private prayer in the presence of the Savior of the world.

In addition to your own participation, will you please, by every means possible, reach out to others and ask them to join you and our leaders in this united engagement in fasting and prayer?

“Lunch-Fasting Before God on Tuesdays” will begin next Tuesday, March 31st.

Special note: If your health condition will not allow you to totally abstain from food at lunch, would you please consider fasting from “pleasant food” at noon on Tuesdays (Daniel 10:3)?

Coronavirus Prayer

Coronavirus Prayer